Hello everyone, I thought it would be a good time to introduce myself.

My name is Stephen Smith and I have been managing the website tasfish.com since May 2009.

It has been an epic journey of learning and discovery and I am indebted to Mike Stevens for his help, support and patience.

I am developing a new venture Rubicon Web and Technology Training ( www.rwtt.com.au ). The focus is two part, to develop websites for individuals and small business and to train people to effectively use technology in their everyday lives.

Please contact me for further information.

Stephen Smith

St Helens tasfish.com Charity Grand Slam Results

This was a fantastic event thanks to both the competitors and sponsors. Sponsors were www.tasfish.com, Coastal Marine, Shimano and Rotary Club of St Helens.

Kicking off at 8 am there were 32 teams teams vying for glory. A lunch break had people replenished thanks to Coastal Marine and then everyone fished through until 4 pm. Results were collated and Michael Haley's team got up by one point. He guides on, and fishes, the bay every day so he was expected to do well. True Tales did an awesome job to get so close and Nick Crawford's ANSA 1 team did well to be hot on their tail. The scoring system seemed to work really well and there were no complaints.

The weather was kind, although a bit blowy a couple of times.

The Leukemia Foundation will benefit from the day and will receive all the entry money of $1600. This was possible as sponsors cover all the costs and prizes.   

Press READ MORE for the full results

St Helens Kingfish

Hi Mike,
Thought you might like the attached photo of a couple kingfish caught at St Helens 24th January by my son Nathan and friend Mark. They had a ball trying to get them in. They were caught on the Bar Way using Halco lures.
Cheers Paul 

See the photo - click on READ MORE

St Helens Grand Slam ( Saturday 23rd of January)

I must admit , after yesterdays fishing trip to the Western Lakes, I thought things could only go one way..... and that was downhill.
How wrong was I.???

Tamar Report January 2010

The Beaumonts have been fishing Clarence Point, Kelso and Greens Beach.
Today 6 year old Alex scored the best flat head - approximately 2 kilos.

St Helens Fishing Report

We have just returned from St Helens.  Where all I can say is that I kicked ass!!  And am seriously thinking about becoming a fishing guide - I'm just beginning to realise how talented I am when it comes to fishing!!!! Ha ha ha

St Helens Albacore Report January 2010

Fishing wide of the shelf off St Helens Sunday 10 January, Rocky
Carosi and crew on Saltshaker landed four albacore up to six kilos in
weight and released a similar number. This signals the beginning of
what, hopefully, will be a good gamefishing season.  Water temperature
started at 17 degrees and peaked at 19 degrees celsius well past the
Continental Shelf. The albacore had been feeding on concentration of
lantern fish and very tiny assorted baitfish.

Report by Rocky Carosi - Professional Charters.

Six Lower Tamar Hotspots

Damon Sherriff

Wow what a winter. So much rain but we really needed it. I have never seen the rivers running like they are now. The Tamar is just starting to clear up now. October and November are my favourite times of the year. Everything starts to move as the water temperature in the Tamar starts to rise. It normally rises about a degree every 2 weeks at this time of the year.
In this article I am going to recommend six hotspots around the Tamar that a worth fishing this time of year.

$11 000 fine for too many garfish

This was the heading in the Examiner Newspaper Friday 4 December.

It was reported that a Victorian fisher was fined nearly $11 000 after he was caught with 740 garfish fillets for which he had no commercial licence or proof of purchase. He also had in his possession more Australian salmon than the legal limit.

He was fined $480 in relation to the garfish with an additional Special Penalty of $10 200, plus $120 fine for the Australian salmon and a Special Penalty of $180.

The offender was apprehended after a tip off to the Fishwatch number 0427 655 557. If you hear of, or witness any illegal fishing call Fishwatch and report it. Even if the event you witnessed is over the Marine Police will keep a record. Get a boat or car registration number, time and place.

It is fantastic to see a result such as this.   

Fly Fishing in the Tamar Estuary

Fly fishing in the Tamar Estuary presents a wide variety of species for the angler prepared to explore and experiment. Each of these different species requires a different technique, a different location and, importantly, a different state of the tide for best results. Some species are only resident during certain times of the year. The most sought-after species is without doubt cocky salmon. Salmon usually appear in the Tamar about October and stay until late May or early June. However, this year, reasonable numbers were still coming to the net in mid August in the Kelso/George Town area.

St Helens - What does the future hold?

Jamie Henderson
For the last few years now the dooms dayers have been warning us that our oceans will rise and our way of life will change with the ever increasing global warming phenomenon. Our fishing practices and the availability of species will obviously change with it but how? All around our country the everyday angler is losing quality fishing grounds to marine zones closed to all fishing, fish numbers are dwindling due to commercial over fishing and environment is being lost to pollution and development.

Bream on the flats - Georges Bay

Jamie Henderson
Up until the summer of 2006 suggesting to anglers that large numbers of bream could be caught from the rich waters of Georges Bay on artificial lures would have resulted in a small laugh and a comment that it was a waste of time. The fish had always been there, just talk to any of the oyster farm workers. The numbers may have been low, but the bay had never been considered a major bream fishery, not like several river systems along the coast from it.


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